Pollster Luis Vicente Leon said the current shortages could again reach levels seen in 2007.
The business chamber said on Tuesday it hopes to work with the government to tackle the problem of food shortages.
‘‘Fedecamaras reiterates its willingness to take joint action with the government, business and labor sector that will allow a reversal of the growing deterioration of production, infrastructure and supplies,’’ the chamber said in a statement.
Recently, several shops and supermarkets in downtown Caracas suffered from a lack of chicken, milk, cooking oil, beef, sugar and coffee. Also scarce was cornmeal, the main ingredient for the country’s cherished ‘‘arepas,’’ which are corn cakes stuffed with meat, chicken, cheese or other fillings.
As a result, consumers must often hop from market to market in different areas of the city to fill their grocery lists.
Beatriz Romero, a 44-year-old housewife, emerged exasperated from a small grocery store in bustling downtown Caracas holding plastic bags full of canned goods and vegetables.
‘‘I didn’t find everything that I needed,’’ said Romero, who said she was looking for rice, cornmeal and sugar. ‘‘I'll have to go look for the other products somewhere else.’’
Associated Press writer Ian James contributed to this report.
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